Happy Monday loves! Last week was a crazy one. My husband came down with strep throat and both my boys were struck with the stomach flu, all the while I got to play doctor. Thankfully, they’re all feeling better and I’ve yet to catch anything myself- so fingers crossed that I don’t get sick!
Anyways, today I’m excited to be talking to you all about color correcting- one of the best makeup inventions out there, if you ask me. If you’ve been following along with me for awhile, you know that dark under eye circles are a struggle of mine, but since I’ve started color correcting, I’ve honestly noticed such a dramatic difference in the way my under eye area looks. Even better, thanks to color correcting I barely have to wear any under eye concealer anymore, which is amazing! 🙂
If you’ve never heard of it, or you have but aren’t really sure what it is- no worries. I’ll be explaining color correcting in-depth in this post today, and will even share with you my favorite affordable product recommendations for you to try out.
Color Correcting 101
For those of you who use and wear concealers, you’ve probably noticed in the last couple years that makeup brands have started adding more and more concealer shades that go beyond traditional skin tone shades. This includes off the wall shades like green, purple, yellow, and even orange.
Now I know what you’re thinking: why would I possibly want to put an orange concealer on my face? Well it all comes down to science my friends.
If you’ll take a moment and think back to elementary school, you probably recall learning about the color wheel and how colors directly across from one another can cancel each other out. The same rule applies in makeup when it comes to concealing those pesky problem areas (see chart below).
What is Color Correcting?
Color Correcting is all about balancing out color imperfections on the skin. This includes dark under eye circles, redness and skin irritation from blemishes, and dull, sallow looking skin.
Color correcting products are now available in the form of liquid concealers, cream concealer palettes, and concealing powders, and are all about helping enhance your skin’s natural beauty. While they can be used alone, color correcting concealers work best when used in combination with foundation and regular concealer.
None of us have perfect skin and a lot of times traditional concealers (even when they are full coverage) don’t fully camouflage dark circles and redness. This is why color correcting is one of the best makeup tools out there, because it really does work in balancing out the skin for that beautiful, flawless looking finish that I think we all love and desire.
What Color Does What?
If you struggle with redness, then green will be your new best friend. Acne, rosacea, eczema, sunburn, and any skin irritation resulting in redness can be counter-balanced with green concealer. Works on all skin tones.
Sallow, dull, or yellow-looking skin can quickly be brought to life with a little purple jolt. Purple works great for brightening up the face and helping you look alive again after being sick. Works on all skin tones.
Peach/ Pale Pink
Peach and pink tones are the perfect shades for combating dark circles on light to medium skin tones. These shades also work really nicely for brightening the under eye area and covering dark spots.
If there’s one shade that is a universal multi-tasker and everyone needs to own in their makeup tool box, it’s yellow. Yellow works beautifully on all skin tones and can be used to cancel out redness, dark circles, dark spots, and brightening the skin.
As the boldest shade in the bunch, I can see why it might be intimidating to use, but oranges and reds work wonders in concealing even the darkest under eye circles out there, and can help conceal bruises, tattoos, and other dark spots on the skin. Orange should be used on light-medium skin tones, while red works best for deeper skin tones.
How to Apply
While it is personal preference, I recommend applying color correcting concealers on top of foundation. This ensures you’re only applying product on areas that need extra “assistance”. After applying foundation to the skin, I use my middle finger to lightly dab on product to the problem areas. I then go back over it very lightly with a beauty blender, and if needed apply a light layer of my regular concealer over it before setting with translucent powder. (Check out my favorite concealers over here)
My Top Picks
For drugstore, my current favorite color correcting product is the NYX Cosmetics Color Correcting Palette. I seriously use this on a daily basis, ya’ll. It’s amazing and only $12! On the other end of the spectrum, the Stila All-in-One Color Correcting Palette is an awesome high end choice, as it has both the color correcting creams and setting powders all in one. While it is a bit pricier, it’s received rave reviews for it’s longevity and effectiveness. Check out some of my other top picks below!
I hope you enjoyed today’s post and will give color correcting a try. Be sure and let me know in the comments if you have any other questions on color correcting including application or shade recommendations. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!
Thanks for stopping by!- Cara
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